Surge in German visitors expected next year following tourism delegation to Berlin

Minister for Tourism Brendan Griffin leading a delegation of Kerry tourism business pictured inside the Berlin Parliament following a meeting with the Berlin President Ralf Wieland. From left, Brendan Tuohy, National Tourism Forum; Angela McAllen, Deputy Kerry County Manager; Cllr Jim Finnucane; German Ambassador, Michael Collins; Cllr John Sheahan, Cathaoirleach of Kerry; Cllr Norma Moriarty, deputy Cathaoirleach; Cllr Mike Kennelly, Cathaoirleach of Listowel; and Niall Kelliher, Cathaoirleach of Killarney. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Kerry can expect a significant increase in the number of German tourists visiting the county next year.

That’s according to County Tourism Officer John Griffin, who was speaking following a trip to Berlin by a major tourism delegation from Kerry at the weekend.

A total of 35 representatives from the tourism industry flew to Berlin on the direct flights to the German city from Kerry Airport, recently added to the Kerry schedule by Ryanair.

Led by Minister of State at the Department of Tourism Brendan Griffin, the delegates attended a number of events in Berlin, including a meeting at the Irish Embassy which was hosted by Tourism Ireland.

Minister Griffin also addressed the Berlin parliament and spoke about the economic and tourism links between Germany and Kerry.

Currently, around a quarter of a million Germans visit Kerry every year – a figure which has been increasing steadily.

Traditionally, these visitors have come from areas such as Munich and Frankfurt.

But John Griffin believes this new direct flight will bring a whole new market of German people into Kerry.

He says German people have always been attracted to this part of Ireland:

Flights to Kerry from Berlin are already heavily booked up to the end of the year, and Mr Griffin predicts the numbers of tourists  coming here from the German city will begin to significantly increase from Marhc onwards.